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sieve cell

noun, Botany.
an elongated cell whose walls contain perforations (sieve pores) that are arranged in circumscribed areas (sieve plates) and that afford communication with similar adjacent cells.
Origin of sieve cell
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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sieve cell
An elongated, food-conducting cell in phloem characteristic of gymnosperms. Sieve cells have pores through which nutrients flow from cell to cell, but they have no sieve plates like the more specialized sieve-tube elements of angiosperms. Compare sieve-tube element.
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